Anna Louise Lane

Gallery: New Work

Landing Owls

Anna Louise Lane

I am still continually struck by the beauty of this place I grew up in. Painters and sculptors have come to Cape Ann for generations, drawn by its dramatic landscapes of rock and ocean, and the penetrating light. I was born into one such family of artists, growing up in a rambling Victorian house at the northernmost tip of the island. Our home was a hive of creativity: my father, masterful, precise—a sculptor, painter, potter, and teacher. My nurturing and imaginative mother—an amazing dressmaker by trade, a painter too, and most of all an expert at every domestic skill and decorative craft that could ever delight a child. My sisters and brother and I were surrounded by art, and artists. Through them, we learned to look at the world the way artists do, to look with intention, and to really see.

And such an extraordinary place for seeing it was. Our house sat between the restless Atlantic to one side, on the other, deep shadowy woods dotted with quarries, where the stonecutters had once harvested their granite. As kids we explored every inch of this isolated, pristine world. We dove into seemingly bottomless quarries, and the sharp metallic echoes of our shrieks pierced their inky stillness. We climbed enormous, giant-tossed boulders, and felt like we were on ladders to the infinite. We rode the treacherous waves that swirl around the coastline here. And after wild ocean storms had strewn treasure onto beaches, we filled our pockets with trinkets from other lands, and other times.

Today I walk those same trails I did as a child, and there I draw my inspiration—from the intricate patterns on the forest floor and from the embracing trees above it, from the tangled seaweed washed up with its cache of tiny marine life, and the glorious birds and other wild creatures I come across on my travels. Often now I notice signs of change to the environment that are dispiriting and worrisome. Painting helps to relieve my worry, and soon enough I can lose myself in the colors and textures, in the keen focus of my tiny brushes, in the quiet burnishing of gold leaf.

People tell me “your paintings make me smile.” That is sufficient praise for me. I hope to show, in the best of my paintings, a sense of place colored by magic, the mysterious underpinnings of nature, the innocence of animals and a glimpse into the spirit world. Thank you for looking at them. 

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About the Gallery

Gallery Hours

Regular Gallery Hours

  • Monday - Thursday  9:00am - 6:00pm
  • Friday - 8:00am - 1:00pm
  • (or by appointment)

Purchasing Art

Inquire in person during gallery hours or contact Catherine by phone at 617-354-8360, or email catherine@cambridge for more information about any of the pieces.

Also on Display

CHA also features local artists in our display case and throughout the building.


  • Mobiles by Vladimir Barsukov
  • Greeting Cards by Dorothy Oja
  • Honey from our own beekeeper Jessica Kern
  • Jewelry by Ellen Liner
  • Glass ornaments by Krista Woodward

You can purchase items on display through the front desk. Cash or check only please.

Prospective Artists

If you are an artist who would like to exhibit in our gallery or display case, please contact Catherine by phone at 617-354-8360 ext. 44 or email  catherine@cambridge